Skyworth selects NXP for silicon tuner-powered STB in China

NXP Semiconductors announced that Skyworth Digital
Technology selected the NXP TDA18250 silicon tuner solution for its cable-TV
set-top-box designs.



Worldwide, low-power silicon tuners such as the TDA18250
are replacing traditional can-type tuners in the TV market. Silicon TV tuners
are now used in the majority of cable STBs and modems in Europe, North America,
Korea and Japan.



Headquartered in Shenzhen, Skyworth is one of the largest
STB manufacturers in China.



According to In-Stat, though can-type tuners still
predominate in China, silicon tuners will replace can-type tuners in cable STBs
and modems as early as the end of 2011 due to performance parity and lower



The NXP TDA18250 is a high-performance silicon tuner IC designed specifically for high-definition
cable STBs that support single streaming, and offers significant performance
advantages compared to can tuners. The TDA18250 covers all worldwide digital
cable standards.



The single-package TDA18250 features a high level of
integration, eliminating the need for costly external components such as
low-noise amplifiers and surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters, and allows the
tuner function to be placed on the main board, rather than requiring
encapsulation into a module. Thus, the TDA18250 silicon tuner enables higher
system reliability in a very small form factor that facilitates the design of



The TDA18250 is manufactured under NXP’s zero-defect
program which enables manufacturers to simplify product assembly and
supply-chain management.



“At Skyworth, we are committed to using
state-of-the-art technologies for STBs, both in terms of innovation and
quality. NXP silicon tuner technology is helping us stay ahead of the curve in
enabling an outstanding cable TV experience as well as more attractive system
costs,” said Zhang En Li, director of the R&D center at Shenzhen
Skyworth Digital Technology.



“In China, government efforts have brought new life
to the cable TV market, with rapid growth in the number of cable subscribers,
which in turn has generated increased demand for cable STBs. NXP is pleased to
work with Skyworth in bringing the clear benefits of high-performance silicon
tuners to the cable STB market in China,” said Keith Ng, director of marketing,
TV front-end and multimedia interface products for NXP Semiconductors in
Greater China.



NXP Semiconductors recently announced that Turkcell, a
communications and technology company in Turkey, has selected the
PN544 near field communication (NFC) radio chip for Turkcell’s recently
launched T20 smartphone.



The T20 handset, manufactured by Huawei, is one of the
world’s first commercially available low-cost Android NFC-enabled smartphones.
This NFC-enabled mobile phone will allow consumers to perform secure
contactless transactions from convenient payments, data sharing, public
transport, event ticketing and access control, while providing a secure,
flexible and interoperable canvass to create the next experience in



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